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    No official word yet, but I'm hearing that the Komets may be completing a deal with Thomas Frazee, who had 24 goals and 47 points in 60 games last season with Quad City of the CHL.
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  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.

More thoughts from Saturday's game

RAPID CITY, S.D. – I’m in the airport – it’s snowing again – and mulling some things from the Komets’ 4-3 loss Saturday night, which put them down to Rapid City 2-0 in the best-of-five series.

The big thing is this: If the CHL suspends Sean O’Connor for his hit on Ryan Menei, it had better dole out some punishment for Les Reaney, too.

It’s debatable whether O’Connor’s hit, which didn’t draw a penalty, is deserving of suspension for it being a lateral hit or a hit to the head. There is no doubting, however, that Reaney’s hit on O’Connor in the second period was an egregious hit from behind, and it drew a major penalty.

You can’t argue one attempt to injure without including the other.

And here’s a better question: Wouldn’t sitting O’Connor and Reaney help the Komets?

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at